Lions Gate Bridge

49.314722222222 - 123.13916666667Koordinaten: 49 ° 18 ' 53 "N, 123 ° 8' 21 " W


Burrard Inlet

The Lions Gate Bridge ( officially First Narrows Bridge ) is a suspension bridge in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It spans a narrow fjord of Burrard Inlet and connects Vancouver with North Vancouver and West Vancouver.

The total length of the bridge including the north viaduct is subsequent 1823 m, the actual length of 1517.3 m, the center span of 472 m. Your span lengths amount to 187.28 m - 472.75 m - 187.28 m.

The pylons are 111 meters high. The supporting cables were made ​​of bundled wire ropes instead of the usual parallel wire cables. The roadway is located at an altitude of 61 m. Depending on the volume of traffic using the middle of the three lanes with traffic lights can be made more flexible. Use per day 60000-70000 vehicles the bridge, trucks over 13 tons are not permitted.

The Lions Gate Bridge is a landmark of the city of Vancouver and the communities on the north shore of Burrard Inlet. She had the longest span of all suspension bridges outside the United States until it was replaced in 1959 by the Pont de Tancarville. Film director Robert Altman, the company Lions Gate Films, founded by him was named after the bridge.

On 10 December 2004, the bridge was officially recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada.


In 1890 came the first time the idea of bridging the first constriction of the Burrard Inlet. However, there was also opposition to construction of a bridge. It was feared the landscape of Stanley Park could be demolished and the busy ship traffic are severely limited. The first project was rejected in a referendum in 1927. The second vote on December 13, 1933, however, was successful in a 2:1 ratio. The Irish Guinness brewery family had acquired in West Vancouver is a 16 km ² area and wanted to tap into this, which is why she took on the construction costs. After long negotiations with the federal government, the construction permit was granted with the condition to use as much material as possible from Vancouver and employ local workers to alleviate unemployment during the Great Depression.

Designed the bridge by the engineering firm Monsarrat and Pratley of Montreal. Construction began on 31 March 1937. After one and a half years to build the bridge on 14 November 1938 and opened to traffic. The construction costs amounted to 5,873,837.17 CAD, had a toll of 25 cents per car for the use of the bridge to be paid. On January 20, 1955, the Guinness family sold the bridge for 5,959,060 CAD in the Province of British Columbia and in 1963 the toll was abolished. 1975 were replaced the northern, slowly decaying viaduct with a lighter, wider and stronger steel construction.

At the beginning of the 1990s was the provincial government before the election, either to renew the aging bridge comprising or demolish. These proposals included the construction of a parallel bridge, drilling a tunnel from downtown to the North Shore or adding a second drive level. Since the City of Vancouver wished no additional traffic and the provincial government was not willing to spend much money, it was decided to replace the existing bridge and to construct any additional lanes. The renovation work took place in 2000 and 2001. The lanes were widened from 2.84 meters to 3.6 meters each, the footpaths on the sides of 1.2 meters to 2.7 meters. As part of this restructuring measure the individual roadway segments were replaced with wider support. The two footpaths, which were contained between the two vertical bracings were relocated to the very outside. Could be won only through this shift between the two rows of hanger space for the widening of lanes.

2010 was the bridge as the location for the opening sequence of Final Destination 5

Lions Gate Bridge and North Vancouver seen from Stanley Park from

Below the Lions Gate Bridge in Stanley Park